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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information for Visitors

This guide details the library services and resources available to visitors at the University and in the community.

Welcome to the Library!

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home of one of the largest and richest public research library collections in North America. Our 24 million items–the vast majority of which are paper and book-based–include Medieval manuscripts, large collections of incunabula and early printed books, literary manuscripts, maps and atlases, prints, (and all sizes and types of printed books and other paper objects). The University Library is committed to sustaining and enhancing its capacity to treat and protect its important paper-based collections.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. The Campus Visitors Center can assist you in planning your visit to Urbana-Champaign.